Walking down the White House driveway, toward Pennsylvania Avenue’s bustling midday traffic, I was lost in thought, writing in my mind a newspaper article about what I was sure would be a devastatingly important — even historic — development.
The tsunami of sentiment occasioned by George H.W. Bush’s death last week, at age 94, is not only an expression of respect and affection for our 41st president, though those are real enough. It’s not only or even mostly a function of negative feelings about our current president, either, tho…
There are two kinds of politicians in Washington when it’s all said and done: the kind who do what they have to do to get re-elected, and the kind who do what they believe they should do because it’s the right thing.
Oh, cut it out, some leftist critics have said of the adulation now being visited on the late President George H.W. Bush.
President George H.W. Bush and family at his son George W. Bush's second gubernatorial inaugural parade on Congress Avenue in Austin in January, 1999. Bob Daemmrich
There's a note in former President George H.W. Bush's book All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings that provides a glimpse into how he viewed and valued what's funny.
WASHINGTON — Mourners from across the nation gathered Wednesday morning to pay their respects and celebrate the life of former President George H.W. Bush at a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday morning, when George H.W. Bush's casket is carried into the Washington National Cathedral, it will be set atop the same black-shrouded bier on which Abraham Lincoln and almost a dozen other presidents were once posthumously laid.
WASHINGTON — President George H.W. Bush called on us to be a “kinder, gentler nation.” Sadly, we are far from that ideal. Our politics never has been that kind and gentle, to be sure, even in Bush’s day. Still, it has been unseemly to watch how some on both the right and the left have pounce…
WASHINGTON - Joggers in running gear, suit-clad federal workers, families and CIA chiefs past and present were among those paying tribute to George H.W. Bush on Tuesday, slowly filling the Capitol Rotunda and streaming one by one past the president's flag-draped coffin.
The ones who knew him best use words such as decent, caring, patriotic. Former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94, was a good man.
President George H.W. Bush at the White House in 1990. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo
"Bush Republican" is a badge worn proudly by many Republicans who came of age after the convulsions of Vietnam and Watergate subsided. If you were with President Gerald R. Ford in his epic struggle with Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Republican primaries, there was a good chance you signed on with George H.W. Bush in the run-up to the 1980 nomination. President Reagan the legend wasn't a legend in those days. "Dutch" and "HW" traded hammer blows as all the other would-be nominees fell away.
A band played the haunting Navy Hymn, and smoke from an artillery salute blew across the airport tarmac Monday as the late President George H.W. Bush began his final journey to Washington.
There is a lot about President George H.W. Bush that we will miss. And the current occupant of the White House puts into vivid relief the things that we will miss the most. Our president today couldn't be more different from Bush. I hope the values that Bush brought to his distinguished career in public service won't be lost. The qualities that defined Bush are timeless, and I think they will again reemerge in American politics. As a leader and as a human being, Bush will be a role model for a long, long time. But in many ways, he was the last of an era.
George H.W. Bush loved the CIA. It was "part of my heartbeat," he once said. He was the only president who ever ran the agency, and the last president who truly believed in its Cold War code: Admit nothing, deny everything.
In August 1988, amid a tough presidential election campaign, one candidate said in a speech, "Those who think we're powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect." Some might be surprised to learn that the speaker wasn't the Democratic candidate, it was then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
"A thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." That's how President George H.W. Bush described the United States in his nomination acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. At the time, the statement was mysterious to many in America. But to the disability community, it became a beacon of hope.
On June 11, 2004, President George H.W. Bush walked slowly down the center aisle of Washington National Cathedral to eulogize my father. Outside, gray mist fell. We had walked in somber procession into the cathedral, light rain mingling with tears, my father's flag-draped coffin carried by u…
George H.W. Bush was remembered Sunday by several former members of his administration, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, former secretaries of state James Baker III and Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney, who served as Bush's defense secretary.
Former President George H.W. Bush led a life of grace and diplomacy, from the battlefield to the oil fields, from Texas to New York to China to the White House. Forty-five years after the young fighter pilot was shot down in World War II, he would be the leader of the free world and play a s…
At a time when politics has become a blood sport, full of swords from the left and spears from the right, George H.W. Bush was a point of light, if you will, a bright shining point of light.
Legacy. President George H.W. Bush clearly had an aversion to the term. Perhaps he treated it similarly to his distaste for broccoli. He avoided the term as much as he did the vegetable.
George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was arguably our last president who ran on the strength of his experience - as a Navy pilot, congressman, Republican National Committee chairman, ambassador to China, CIA director and vice president. The presidents who followed mastered the art of campaigning and dominated the media (first old and then new), but we should not have been surprised that, once elected, they lacked to one degree or another the requisite skills, insight, judgment and, not insignificantly, the Rolodex to master the art of governing. If we want great presidents again, we might consider selecting them for the sort of experience and temperament Bush displayed throughout his adult life rather than for their ability to turn a particular phrase, micro-target voters and make competitors seem foolish or weak.
A one-term administration is almost automatically labeled "failed." When George Herbert Walker Bush was defeated a quarter-century ago, after four years in office, he had a terrible approval rating and was scorned by opposition Democrats and many Republicans, too. "He was an ineffective one-…
The last words spoken by former president George H.W. Bush came barely an hour before he died, in a telephone conversation with his son, former President George W. Bush. The 43rd president had expressed his love for his father. "I love you, too," the 41st president replied.
The casket bearing the late President George H.W. Bush will arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Monday evening and will be on public display as the 41st president lies in state in the Rotunda until Wednesday morning, congressional leaders said.
George H.W. Bush, whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after one term, has died. He was 94.
MOSCOW - George H.W. Bush's presidency will be forever linked with the Soviet Union's collapse. But in Moscow, his death provoked an outpouring of nostalgia Saturday for an American leader who chose careful diplomacy over brinkmanship as the postwar order was thrown into disarray.
George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, was a lifetime Episcopalian, part of the blue-blood of America's founding Christianity. But as a presidential candidate, he was part of a Republican opening to evangelicalism that changed the country's landscape.
George H.W. Bush felt the sting of winter cold in his last walk on the White House grounds as commander in chief, the January stroll punctuated by the barks from Ranger, the puppy of first dog Millie Bush.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara review the Ross Volunteers at Texas A&M University in College Station on Sept. 10, 1997. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
On Jan. 20, 1993, I entered the Oval Office for the first time as president. As is the tradition, waiting for me was a note from my predecessor, George Herbert Walker Bush.
President George H.W. Bush always considered Lou Gehrig, the Hall of Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees, to be one of his greatest heroes. No doubt, this admiration stemmed in part from Bush's own baseball career. Like Gehrig, Bush played as a left-handed first baseman, for the Yale baseball team.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - President Donald Trump plans to attend the Washington funeral of former president George H.W. Bush and is designating next Wednesday a national day of mourning, the White House said Saturday.
The Oval Office successors to former president George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, lauded his long career in government and mourned his passing.
The World War II hero, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late Friday night, said family spokesman Jim McGrath.
Using the presidency of Donald Trump as a comparison, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University Jeffery Engel said the relative public silence of former President George H.W. Bush was one of the defining characteristics of his time in office.
Of all the priorities a president has to make, music falls pretty far down the list. Still, interesting connections exist between the White House and popular music, going back several decades.
Experts recounted personal memories on Friday afternoon of their time researching the George H.W. Bush administration and talking to the country's 41st president -- revealing a humorous side of the former leader of the free world and discussing Bush's tone of civility.
Former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush have released a joint statement condemning racism.
Americares announced on Tuesday that it will be honoring former president George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush for their dedication to humanitarian causes at the 30th annual Americares Airlift Benefit in October.
Hundreds gathered to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at an event Wednesday that featured former President George H.W. Bush and former Sen. Bob Dole.
As first lady Michelle Obama prepares to hand over the keys to the White House to first lady-in-waiting Melania Trump, she also will pass on the increasingly public responsibility which comes along with the role.
Playful smiles, raucous laughter and prideful glances characterized Monday evening as ex-White House officials Chase Untermeyer, Mary Kate Cary and John H. Sununu gathered on the Texas A&M campus to discuss a man for whom they each openly express their admiration — former President Georg…
On the campus of Texas A&M University, George Bush is a name that has ingrained itself into the culture.
As the 25th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War approaches, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is showcasing a special exhibit and bringing panels of military members and scholars to College Station to discuss the conflict that unified the largest military alliance since Worl…
The mild-mannered President George H.W. Bush was never one to boast about his accomplishments, so John H. Sununu decided to do it for him.
The small army of staff each U.S. president has at their disposal play a critical, yet often unnoticed role in shaping the vision and policy of each leader, but their careers don't begin and end in the White House.
George H.W. Bush was seven months away from one of the most important days of his life, yet he did not seem at all concerned for his own comfort.
Nearly 22 years after President George H.W. Bush left office, former presidential speechwriter Curt Smith shared his insight on the major events that helped define his presidency Thursday night at the Bush Library's Issues Forum.
George H. W. Bush called it the "l-word."
When George H.W. Bush watched the Berlin Wall collapse on live television, he is noted by colleagues and historians for holding back his excitement at a time that called for celebration and in the world's eye marked the end of the Cold War.
The crowd filled with laughs, cheers, whoops and even an “oops” when former President George H.W. Bush uttered the infamous line, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”
History will be kind to former President George H.W. Bush. That's what the panel of historians told the crowd assembled at a College Station luncheon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his presidency.
Some historians argue that George H.W. Bush's ascent to the presidency could not have come at a more perfect time. It was the convergence of a president who thrived on managing foreign policy with a time when the world needed a skilled and trusted hand at the nation's helm to transition out …
Civic leaders gathered Friday at the George Bush Presidential Library and resolved to step up efforts to ensure the success of the volunteerism movement.
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's tanks rolled into neighboring Kuwait in August 1990, setting off a months-long standoff. President George H.W. Bush, who now has his library at Texas A&M, warned Hussein that the invasion "will not stand."
Texas A&M will host American giants and Arab royalty as President George H. W. Bush and key members of his cabinet gather Thursday -- for what is expected to be the last time -- and mark the 20-year anniversary of the Gulf War.
HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush said Tuesday he has no regrets about his administration's handling of the Gulf War, which began 20 years ago this week, including the decision to pull out American forces even with a vanquished Saddam Hussein retaining power in Iraq.
Former President George H.W. Bush wasn't known for his communication ability, but a former speechwriter for the 41st president said Tuesday at Texas A&M that the reputation wasn't entirely fair to a person who had an extraordinary personal touch.
Germans rejoiced on the 20-year anniversary of the Berlin Wall's collapse Monday, while College Station saluted the then-leader of the free world, President George H. W. Bush.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, fears that the Soviet Union would retaliate subdued a proper celebration, a Texas A&M University professor said.
Former President George H.W. Bush doesn't like the "ugliness" President Barack Obama has faced since taking office, but he thinks it's no worse than his son experienced and is not about Obama being black.
The U.S. economy will improve, former President George H.W. Bush told ambassadors from 42 countries gathered for lunch Wednesday at Texas A&M University.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Vice President Dick Cheney, accompanied by former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, paid respects Friday to new Saudi King Abdullah and offered condolences on the death of his half-brother, the former king.